Canada Graduate Scholarships for Master’s Programmes 2023/2024


Canada Graduate Scholarships for Master’s Programmes 2023/2024

The CGS M initiative aids exceptional students enrolled in Canadian master’s or doctorate programs meeting criteria.

It facilitates their undivided attention to chosen fields of study. Administered by Canada’s three funding bodies — the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) — CGS M grants financial assistance to approximately 3,000 students yearly across various disciplines.


Nationality and Enrollment

Applicants must:

– Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or Protected Person under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

– Full-time enrollment in a master’s or doctorate program approved by a Canadian university with CGS M allocation, applied to or intended for.

– Adhere to the institution’s admissions deadlines, consulting the graduate studies faculty at the chosen Canadian institution(s) for details.

– Have concluded, by December 31 of the application year

Study Duration and Program Types

Fulfill one of these study scenarios:
A. 0 to 12 months of full-time study (or equivalent) in the program seeking funding.

– Master’s degree program.

– Direct entry into a doctoral program from a bachelor’s without prior graduate courses.

– Combined master’s and doctorate program.

– Quick transition from a master’s to an eligible doctoral program.

– Continuation from a master’s to an eligible doctoral program if degree criteria are met before award expiration.

B. 4 to 12 months of full-time study (or equivalent) in an acceptable master’s program, meeting degree requirements before award activation for subsequent doctoral program funding.

Application Qualifications

Applicants must not:

– Currently hold a CGS M scholarship from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC.

– Have completed two preceding years of study (full-time equivalent) with a first-class average**, evaluated by the host institution.

Application Guidelines

– Interact with host institutions to understand how they interpret this criterion; some schools may consider CGS M applications without a first-class average.

– Submit only one scholarship or fellowship application (master’s or doctorate) per calendar year to CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC.

– For multiple applications, the earliest eligible submission is considered.

– Exceptions include the Vanier CGS program and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program (with possible CIHR internship exceptions).

Submission Deadline
Applications due by December 1, 2023.



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